United Airlines takes off with free snacks

Free snacks are back on United Airlines beginning today, with thousands of customers enjoying the scent of cinnamon and caramel as they indulge in complimentary stroopwafels — Dutch-made toasted waffle treats.

The airline will offer an Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas, or a zesty ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts.

United is serving up the complimentary snacks to economy-cabin customers on flights within North America, to and from Central America and between Honolulu and Guam.

United will continue to offer Choice Menu items for purchase or complimentary economy-cabin meals, depending on length of flight and location. The airline will introduce illycaffe´s scuro dark roast this summer on flights worldwide.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.